Package your Christmas with Shearwater

POSTED  18 DECEMBER 2015  /  BY SHEARWATER VICTORIA FALLS  /  IN VICTORIA FALLS  /  TOURS & TRANSFERS

With the season of gift giving amongst us, the time of year when packages of all shapes and sizes are given and received throughout the globe – may be a time to consider the unique gift of a Shearwater package – possibly even to yourself.

Christmas and New Year is singly the busiest time of the year in Victoria Falls, and with demand for most activities at their highest – there are occasions when demand may outstrip supply on some activities, which means discounted opportunities can be scarce. Undoubtedly then, the best means of ensuring a great deal, is to take advantage of the numerous combination packages available. Your decision to visit at this festive time of year, may be, as always, to visit Africa’s only 7th wonder of the world: The Victoria Falls, or it may be to indulge your love of a party at the Jameson’s Vic Falls Carnival – but having committed to the prospect you may then be thinking: what to do in Victoria Falls?, pondering over how to combine the best of things to do in Victoria Falls.

Not for nothing is Victoria Falls known as the adventure capital of Africa. With quite simply the best White- water Rafting experience in the known universe, bungee jumping from the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge, Zip lining from Zambia to Zimbabwe, shooting rapids in a canoe above the falls, Helicopter Flights above the gorge and riding elephants in the bush. Well if adventure is your proverbial cup of adrenaline – then save a proverbial packet by choosing a combination from amongst the eponymously named: Gruesome Twosome, Big air combo or Ticket to Adventure.

Of course it’s not adventure all the way for things to do in Victoria Falls – there is the more cerebral and the more serene choices to be made of what to do in Victoria Falls. How about a delightfully quintessential sunset cruise on the timeless African artery of the Zambezi , or taking advantage of some of the very best game viewing opportunities on the entire continent (including the big 5). Or of course there is the animated, informative and thoroughly enjoyable presentation by our very own George Imbault on the building of the spectacular Victoria Falls Bridge – as well as an equally enthralling tour of the underneath of the bridge itself. All of these and other activities can be bundled together in descriptive and intriguing discounted packages and combinations such as: The Full Monty, A Bridge too Far, No Fly Zone and Land of the Giants.

So at make the most of this merry time of year and don’t stop at thinking about what to do in Victoria Falls or a sequential list of things to do in Victoria Falls – think of the most cost effective means of combining your world class activities in some of Shearwater’s excellent packages.

The Carnival Cometh

POSTED  03 DECEMBER 2015  /  BY SHEARWATER VICTORIA FALLS  /  IN VICTORIA FALLS   TOURS & TRANSFERS

It is approaching that time of year when thoughts are attuning to Christmas and all the merry festivities it involves. Of course shortly after that the hoof flicking, rug cutting and shapeshifting extravaganza of the New Year Bonanza that is The Jameson Vic Falls Carnival rolls into town, Things to do in Victoria Falls take a bizarre night time twist in what is traditionally a ‘’daytime’’ activity hub.

The annual pilgrimage of the Southern African youth throughout it’s diaspora start heading for the Northwest corner of Zimbabwe shortly after Christmas. On their minds is clearly the burning question – ‘’what to do in Victoria Falls’’ once they get here. Understandably partying hard and the illusive prospect of romance (ok, ok – more likely a dangerous liaison), is uppermost on most febrile minds. However even the siren calls of the likeminded can become muted when arrivistes become aware of the spectacular array of world class activities in Victoria Falls.

Few true hearted folk of Africa could fail to desire to engage in a truly epic Southern African rite of passage: White-water Rafting the spectacular and egregiously mighty Zambezi river: right from the boiling pot at the very foot of the incredible Victoria Falls– deep in the heart of the rent made in the earth’s crust that is known as the Batoka gorge. 20 kms meandering through pristine primeval evolution is reason good enough – but nothing – no video, photo or go pro can ever prepare anyone for the first time their raft slips over the edge of the crease and they are about to hit the foaming rage of a grade 5 rapid in their inflatable dinghy. To have the opportunity to do this with close friends is not only a bonding experience that will last a lifetime, but is also one of the most exciting adrenaline fuelled adventures amidst the beauty of nature at its rawest, that most will ever have the privilege of enjoying.

Then of course – there is the bungee badge of honour. No-one could possibly suggest that this is for the fainthearted , and things to do in Victoria Falls don’t come any more extreme than this. Everything about the bungee jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge is iconic. The back drop behind the jump platform, is the Victoria Falls itself – casting clouds of mist and rainbows all about, ensuring this is a truly exotic adrenaline adventure. The bridge is an African classic – the 110 year old engineering marvel that joins 2 countries Zimbabwe and Zambia, 110meteres above the border of the fast flowing Zambezi below. Being asked to step forward and curl your toes over a platform with absolutely no barrier in front of you and a big void of space below you is a seminal moment.

What to do in Victoria Falls takes on a different dynamic at New Year, but white-water rafting and bungee jumping remain 2 of the bucket list essentials of things to do in Victoria Falls for all revellers and ravers form the corners of the continent.

For more information on the Carnival go to;

http://www.vicfallscarnival.com/

Charm of the Chobe

POSTED  31 OCTOBER 2015  /  BY SHEARWATER VICTORIA FALLS  /  IN VICTORIA FALLS /  TOURS & TRANSFERS

An ever greater number of visitors to the Victoria Falls are realising that they are within reach of one of the best safari experiences possible in Africa: The Chobe. And for those that are already in Botswana, The Victoria Falls is also accessible to them. All of this can be undertaken efficiently, comfortably and professionally within a day and Shearwater is most excited about these continuing mutual possibilities:

This corner of Africa has always been special to say the least. Bountifully blessed as we are with one of the natural wonders of the world. It is also a place that evokes a strong sense of history – being one of the seminal discoveries on the journeys of David Livingstone. As the town has developed over time, visitor experience has been enriched by the varied range of so many things to do in victoria falls: Guided Tour of the Falls, Helicopter flight of angels, Bungee Jump, Elephant Back Safaris, White-Water Rafting – and so the long list of what to do in Victoria Falls continues.

However a vacation in Victoria Falls is also an excellent opportunity to enjoy one of the most spectacular safari experiences anywhere/ever – right on our doorstep, but in the neighbouring country of Botswana. The Chobe Day trip. This will provide you with a game spotting excursion beyond all expectation. In fact the challenge is not spotting game – its not spotting it. What you will generally see on a one day Chobe Day Trip will most probably outweigh considerably the total mass of everything else you have seen on all other game drives combined.

An early 1 hour trip down the Kazungula rd in a comfortable and meticulously clean and air conditioned transfer vehichle will take you to the border. Hyena, wild dog and lion have often been spotted en route alone. Border immigration will be dealt with expeditiously by your guide, and assuming you have followed advice and purchased a kaza visa, there is no extra charge for the new countries stamp you are about to get in your passport. After the border you will be taken to the Chobe Safari lodge where the first part of your safari adventure begins.

A 2 hour river safari follows on the charming Chobe river. Not only will you see: Elephants, buffalo, hippos, crocodiles, – it’s the sheer number you will see them in and the proximity you get to them. Brush up on you collective nouns: bloat of hippos, float of Crocdiles, But that’s not it. You will doubtless also see elephants swimming – herds of them, and traffic jams of elephants coming across hippos on the way back to land. Grimace as you see the largest crocodiles you have ever imagined. Perhaps you like birds – there are so many different species of waders, fishers divers and hoverers to keep you occupied all day: and so many dazzling colours: malachite kingfishers, bright orange bee eaters. Its truly a wildlife paradise. Your expert on-board guide will provide you with not only all the insight and information you could wish for, but can also spot the smallest flicker of interest from impossible distances. Naturally you will be refreshed throughout the trip with snacks and drinks of the highest quality.

After a 2 hour cruise, head back to the lodge for a marvellous and extensive buffet lunch and maybe cooling dip in the pool. Then its all about the land safari in the Chobe national park. No doubt you will see herds of elephants and buffalo again, but now also giraffe, impala, kudu, waterbuck,and the rarer Lechwe. This is also a very good park in which there is a strong possibility of seeing big 5 animals like lion and leopard. So whilst we are very proud of the amazing things to do in Victoria Falls, sometimes the best of what to do in Victoria Falls, means using it as a base to access another natural marvel.

For those that have centered their stay on the amazing Okavango delta and the game opportunities in Botswana, a Victoria Falls daytrip is an excellent opportunity to ensure you do not miss Africa’s most stunning natural wonder – without having to organise another visa or more accommodation. Whilst there are so many things to do in Victoria Falls, there is no doubting that the greatest appeal for most is actually seeing the falls. A day trip from Kasane to Victoria falls will bring you comfortably and expeditiously to Victoria Falls town, and if you have sensibly organised a Guided Tour of the Falls, your guide will be there to greet you. All the superlatives have been used about the falls, and they are appropriate. Having toured the falls, stop at the excellent Rainforest café and take a moment to relax and reflect – and probably use the wifi to send envious photos and footage to friends and networks around the world.

After a spot of lunch there could be nothing better to do now than the amazing flight of angels helicopter ride. You are likely to only be in this sacred spot of Africa once in your lifetime, do not miss the opportunity to actual see what David Livingstone referred to when he spoke of ‘’angels in their flight must have gazed in wonder’’ – the incredible aerial view of the falls. Your only final challenge is deciding on what to do in Victoria Falls for your last hour or so, but with so much on offer any choice will be well made. Rest assured your return transfer will be punctual and will return you to Kasane with all your memories safely stored.

Certificates of Excellence

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IT’S OFFICIAL – WE’RE EXCELLENT

To add to our long list of Victoria Falls activities that have been awarded Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence, the following can now be added:

When it comes to things to do in Victoria Falls, Shearwater has always known it operates and manages world class products, but the necessary acknowledgement needed from customers to achieve these user generated awards, is priceless.

CUSTOMER FEEDBACK AT ITS BEST.

Shearwater Take The Pledge

Shearwater are more use to taking the plunge with new and exciting activities, but in a commitment to excellence the entire Shearwater team are now taking the pledge on Shearwater core values: every division, every department, everybody.

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Any visitor’s trip to Victoria Falls is greatly enhanced by personal interaction with staff, guides, drivers, waiters and managers. We feel the 4 P’s pledge will ensure we always exceed customer expectations.

Shearwater Staff Core Values

  1. To be Professional & Knowledgeable  
  2. To be Polished & Accurate
  3. To be Punctual & Responsive
  4. To be Pro-Active & Innovative

There are so many things to do in Victoria Falls, so many activities to participate in and enjoy. Shearwater as owner operators of so many activities combined with a fully-fledged and highly professional tours and transport operation, is uniquely placed to ensure every visitor to Victoria Falls has the most memorable experiences and truly gets the very best out of this extraordinary destination.

We all know however that everyone will be awed by the magnificent falls and will delight in the insight that comes from an expertly guided tour – it is for good reason that it is the number one thing to do in Victoria Falls, the premier activity in Victoria Falls. Experience has also taught us that the seminal Shearwater ‘’Flight of Angels’’ in a helicopter is the best means of gaining a true perspective of Africa’s 7th wonder.

It’s a given that white-water rafting on the Zambezi is unmatched anywhere in the world as a grade 5 thrill and that the beauty of the gorge itself is unrivalled – this is the Falls and Zambezi up close and personal – a real finger on the pulse of the power and majesty: as a things to do in Victoria Falls list and as an activity in Victoria falls – it is quite simply what brought Shearwater into existence.

Adrenaline rushes hardly come more powerful than a leap from the Shearwater bungee platform on the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge that not only links Zimbabwe and Zambia – but also spans an astonishingly beautiful gorge and has the imperious falls as the backdrop. If you are to do an activity such as this – Victoria Falls has to be the place in which to earn the badge of such an activity.

There is the extreme, there is the daring – but there is also plenty of the sublime. A sunset cruise on the Zambezi is generally one of the mandatory things to do in Victoria Falls following an afternoon arrival. Sighting hippos, elephant, crocs and buffalo are regular serendipitous bonuses – but few regardless, have witnessed anything quite as magical as a glorious African sunset while afloat on such a famous river – only just upstream from the main attraction. A Shearwater sunset cruise is a delicious ‘Hor dourve’ to the smorgasbord of gourmet activities that lay in wait. A cruise brings you close to nature – but it is the Shearwater Elephant back safari that will actually put you in physical contact. No-one who participates in this activity is unmoved by the extraordinary emotion it stirs. Trundling through the bush atop Africa’s essence- made- animal, is wonderful enough – but to finish with close interaction that allows you to feed, stroke, feel the trunk off – your new friend is an irreplaceable memory.

So we have a veritable treasure trove of world class things to do in Victoria Falls and unique activities in Victoria Falls. Meh? – hardly, but we know what will really achieve the tipping point of ensuring visitors leave our frontier town spellbound and enraptured with ambassadorial fervour: simply out of ballpark service and attention to detail. Exceeding people’s expectations on every single occasion and in every single way. It is for that reason every soul in the company has committed to the Shearwater Pledge.

MAY THE PLEDGE BE WITH YOU.